The First Program at the Dalton School seeks a full-time music teacher in grades K-3. The ideal candidate brings a positive attitude to the classroom and greater community, and looks forward to overseeing a creative environment that validates and supports each child. Excellent communication skills, a passion for working with young children, the willingness to collaborate and reflect on one's practice, and a sense of humor are essential.
The primary objective of the First Program music curriculum is to encourage a love and appreciation of music through singing, listening and movement. Through a combined Dalcroze/Orff approach, children learn about rhythm, notation, harmony style and interpretation. These goals are accomplished through exposure to a repertoire of songs, dances and musical games that reflect varied cultural heritages. The social skills of listening, taking turns and supporting other children’s efforts are emphasized as children experience the joy of cooperative music making. Wherever possible, individuals are also encouraged to be creative and explore their own musical ideas. Instrumental work incorporates a variety of percussion instruments including Orff instruments (xylophones, metallophones and glockenspiels). Recorder is introduced in third grade. Division wide sing-alongs and assemblies are presented multiple times a year. They serve to reinforce curricular connections and provide opportunities for children to sing together. Outcomes of the music program include the ability to sing in tune, to read simple rhythmic and pitch notation, to sing two part music, to practice in listening attentively and critically to music, and to appreciate varied musical styles from different cultures.
Master's degree is strongly preferred
Three years of head teaching experience is required
Experience and facility with Orff instruments and repertoire, Orff certification preferred
Knowledge and/or certified in Kodály or Dalcroze pedagogy
Choral experience with young children (conduct gr. 1-3 chorus)
Experience with and an appreciation for progressive education and a creative, integrated curriculum
Ability to develop and lead division-wide assemblies and celebrations
Experienced piano skills
Excellent communication (verbal, written, interpersonal) skills
Demonstrated organization and planning skills; strong attention to detail, as well as follow-up and follow-through skills to ensure completion of goals and objectives
Strong proficiency with technology is required
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ease in effectively prioritizing multiple competing tasks and demands
The Dalton School actively seeks to forward the equity and diversity of our community in our admissions, programs, and hiring. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, ethnic origin, age, physical disability or sexual orientation in administration of our educational policies, hiring policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, athletics and other school-administered programs.
To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume via our online portal at www.dalton.org/employment
About The Dalton School
The Dalton School is an independent, co-educational day school (K-12), founded in 1919 by the renowned progressive educator Helen Parkhurst. Parkhurst’s visionary Dalton Plan remains the keystone of the school’s progressive educational philosophy and is now the model for over 200 Dalton schools in other parts of the world.
The Dalton School is the innovative leader in developing creative problem solvers who identify issues, grapple with possibilities, and design solutions to global challenges from multiple perspectives.
Dalton is recognized for its rigorous, innovative educational curriculum and offers its 1,300 students a breadth of stimulating and challenging programs taught by our dedicated faculty. Our high academic standards are complemented by an exemplary performing and fine arts curriculum – taught by faculty who are professionals in their fields – and a full range of athletic teams and extra-curricular activities.
The Dalton School actively seeks to forward diversity through its programs and hiring.